Carlo Carlei’s Romeo and Juliet Starts Principal Photography

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Swarovski Entertainment, Amber Entertainment UK and Echo Lake Entertainment announced today that principal photography has started on Carlo Carlei’s Romeo and Juliet:

Principal photography has begun in Italy on Romeo and Juliet, it was announced today by Ileen Maisel of Amber Entertainment and Nadja Swarovski of Swarovski Entertainment Ltd. Award-winning director Carlo Carlei directs from the script by Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey, Gosford Park). Ileen Maisel, the lead producer, approached Julian Fellowes to adapt Shakespeare’s classic love story for a new generation.

“Every generation is interested in love,” said Fellowes, who’s currently writing the third season of Downton Abbey. “I mean, there is something about young love that is heartbreaking, and I think every teenager in the world would agree. All of that is very powerful. The point about teenage love is it’s before cynicism comes in to reshape one’s attitudes. You love when you’re young in a way that you’ll probably never love again.”

Oscar-nominated Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) will play the bright, young Juliet, with British heartthrob Douglas Booth (Great Expectations) playing her star-crossed lover, Romeo. The House of Capulet is rounded out with Damian Lewis (Homeland) as Lord Capulet, Natascha McElhone (Californication) as Lady Capulet, Lesley Manville (Another Year) as the Nurse and Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl) as Tybalt; with the rival Montagues played by Tomas Arana as Lord Montague, Laura Morante as Lady Montague and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) as Benvolio. Other actors include Paul Giamatti (Sideways) as Friar Laurence, Christian Cooke (Cemetery Junction) as Mercutio, Tom Wisdom (300) as Count Paris, Leon Vitali (Eyes Wide Shut) as the Apothecary and Stellan Skarsgard (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) as Prince of Verona.

“We are thrilled to be bringing this story to life with a vibrant new cast,” commented Amber Entertainment’s Ileen Maisel. “The support of Swarovski Entertainment has helped us to re-conceive this story for a new generation. As Shakespeare once said, “one man in his life plays many parts,” and we are honored to partner with Swarovski as they take on yet another role and make their first foray into motion picture production.”

“Swarovski’s move into film production is a natural evolution for us,” added Nadja Swarovski, Chairwoman of Swarovski Entertainment Ltd and Executive Producer. “We have worked with creative talents in costume and set design ever since the emergence of the silver screen, and we are committed to supporting creativity across industries such as fashion, jewellery, design, and film. Romeo and Juliet felt like the perfect project to deepen that involvement and collaborate with established visionaries like Ileen and Julian but also support today’s emerging talent. The young stars have a chemistry that translates beautifully onto the big screen and will captivate audiences around the world for years to come.”

Three time Oscar-winning costume designer Milena Canonero serves as co-producer. She will be involved in all visual aspects of the movie, having input in everything from wardrobe, hair and make-up to the art department. Peter Honess (LA Confidential) serves as editor and David Tattersall (Star Wars) as cinematographer on the production. Swarovski Entertainment and Echo Lake Entertainment are co-producing and co-financing the film.

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